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Tuesday, 3 June 2003
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Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 14 October 2002:

(1) Further to the answer to question No. 607 (Hansard, 23 September 2002, page 6799), who advised him in his answer.

(2) Further to the answer to part (7) of question No. 607, when will Modes 6A and 8 be incorporated as part of the modes at Sydney Airport.

(3) Is he being advised that the Long Term Operating Plan (LTOP) is all but ticked off in terms of substantial implementation of the Plan.

(4) Is it still the best advice of Airservices Australia that the LTOP is substantially implemented even though he has repeatedly advised me that the aircraft movement target of 17% of aircraft movements to the north has never once been reached since the LTOP was first introduced.

(5) Who is responsible for advising him that the LTOP is substantially implemented.

(6) Since aircraft movements to the north of Sydney Airport have been consistently well above the LTOP target of 17% of all aircraft movements to the north of the airport, is the advice of Airservices Australia that the LTOP is substantial implemented, incorrect untrue; if not, why not.

(7) Does the LTOP have a project plan; if so, will he provide the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF) with a copy of the plan; if not, why not.

(8) Will he draw to the attention of the Chair of the SACF my repeated motions moved during my four years as a member of SACF, calling for, inter alia, a project plan and project schedule for the forward projection estimate of the full implementation and date of completion of the LTOP; if so, when will he do this; if not, why not.

(9) On what date will the LTOP target of 17% of aircraft movements to the north be reached.

(10) When can he say the LTOP will be fully implemented; if not, why not.

(11) When will Mode 6A become operational.

(12) When will Mode 8 become operational.

(13) What impact will the Trident and High and Wide systems have on the ability of Airservices Australia to reach the LTOP target of 17% movements to the north.

(14) What impact has the Precision Runway Monitor system had on the ability of Airservices Australia to fully achieve the LTOP targets of aircraft movements to the north, south, east and west.

(15) Has the LTOP target of 17% movements to the north of Sydney Airport never once been met.


Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Advice for answers to Parliamentary Questions is provided by officers within the Minister's Portfolio of Transport and Regional Services.

(2) Airservices Australia has advised that Mode 8 was made available for operational use during 2000. In practice, Mode 8 did not deliver any additional benefits over mode 7, which has a similar operational configuration. Since Mode 8 is inherently more complicated with additional safety risks to be mitigated during its operation, and because it does not provide any benefits over Mode 7 operations, it has not been used. The development, implementation and subsequent safety concerns for Mode 8 were discussed extensively at the LTOP Implementation and Monitoring Committee and SACF.

Mode 6A will not be made available for use because of safety and environmental concerns identified in the development safety case for this mode. The Mode 6A safety case development and identified risks have been fully considered and discussed by the LTOP Implementation and Monitoring Committee and the SACF.

(3) The Minister for Transport and Regional Development issued a Direction to Airservices Australia on 30 July 1997 on the implementation of the Sydney Long Term Operating Plan which comprised of 31 recommendations. All but two of those recommendations have now been implemented, being the Trident and High and Wide flight paths, under the guidance of the LTOP Implementation and Monitoring Committee and the SACF.

(4) See answer to question 3.

(5) See answer to question 1.

(6) Since all but two of the Recommendations from the 1997 Direction to Airservices Australia on LTOP have been implemented, it is correct to say that the LTOP is substantially implemented.

(7) A plan which records implementation progress against each of the 31 LTOP recommendations has been developed by the Implementation and Monitoring Committee and circulated to members of SACF on a number of occasions.

(8) See answer to question 7.

(9) and (10) These matters have been dealt with in responses to previous questions.

(11) See answer to question 2.

(12) See answer to question 2.

(13) None. SACF has agreed to the Implementation and Monitoring Committee's recommendation that the High and Wide concept should not proceed. The IMC report on High and Wide also indicates that the Trident concept is, under current technology, unfeasible.

(14) None. The Precision Runway Monitor is a tool for use during poor weather conditions during peak traffic periods and has no impact on the runway mode selected.

(15) The LTOP target of 17% movements to the north of Sydney Airport has not been met, however it should be noted that there has been a significant reduction in use of movements to the north since the implementation of LTOP. For example, in 1994/95 after the introduction of parallel runway use, 47% of movements were to the north and in 2002 they were 27.09%.